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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


Kelly Davio’s Burn This House a Julie Suk Award Finalist

Date: February 20, 2014

Kelly Davio's latest poetry book, Burn This House, has been named a 2013 Julie Suk Award Finalist for Best Poetry Book. The award, presented by Jacar Press, is award to the best poetry book from an independent press. It was named in honor of Julie Suk, who has a lifetime achievement of poetic works. The […]

Eva Saulitis Receives the Governor’s Award

Date: January 27, 2014

Poet Eva Saulitis, who hails from Homer, Alaska, received the Governor's Award for the Humanities at a ceremony on January 30 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. She was honored along with fellow Homer artist, Ronald Senungetuk. Saulitis has worked as a marine biologist studying orca whales in Prince William Sound for 24 years. […]

Kim Dower Featured on American Life in Poetry

Date: January 13, 2014

Kim Dower's poem "Bottled Water," from her book Slice of Moon, was featured on American Life in Poetry. The site is a project for newspapers helmed by Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States 2004-2006. Kooser says that Dower's poem is about "what we go through to quench our thirst today." Check out the […]

Poetry as Visual Art – The Poetry Foundation Features Douglas Kearney

Date: January 8, 2014

Poetic imagery does not manifest itself merely in words. What about the visuals created when a poem is on the page? The editors at the Poetry Foundation refer to this as the "fine art of poetry" and use Douglas Kearney's poetry collection Patter as a prime example. In the article, "The Fine Art of Poetry," […]

Douglas Kearney’s Poetry Readings Featured on The Poetry Foundation

Date: January 8, 2014

At first glance, Douglas Kearney's poems in his collection, Patter, consist of words clustered in impossible ways on the page, leaving the reader to wonder how they are read. Now, Kearney himself as provided recordings of his poems at The Poetry Foundation that prove to be as startling sonically as they are visually. Hear Kearney […]

Tess Taylor Interviewed by The Poetry Foundation

Date: January 8, 2014

In an interview with The Poetry Foundation's Stacey Lynn Brown, Tess Taylor discusses her collection of poetry, The Forage House, and her connection to her famous ancestor, Thomas Jefferson. Taylor does not shy away from answering questions about the complex figure that is Thomas Jefferson. She also provides insight into the intricacies of poetic writing. […]

Daniel Olivas Tweets the Praises of Verónica Reyes

Date: January 8, 2014

Chicano author and journalist, Daniel Olivas, heaped praise upon Verónica Reyes' poetry collection Chopper! Chopper! on Twitter, proclaiming it to be "powerful, heartbreaking, hopeful." View Olivas' tweet

Andrew Lam Interviewed by Asian Fortune News

Date: January 8, 2014

Journalist Jenny Chen for Asian Fortune News sat down with Red Hen author Andrew Lam to discuss his short story collection Birds of Paradise. In the interview, Lam discusses an array of topics, including the difficulties of writing fiction, his experiences as a Vietnamese immigrant in the United States, and Vietnamese diaspora. Lam states in the […]

Our 19th Anniversary Celebration

Date: November 22, 2013

This month we hosted our annual anniversary luncheon celebrating 19 years of success. "Its (Red Hen's) success shows there is still an unquenchable thirst for exceptional literature in Pasadena and beyond." We celebrated with readings from authors Charles Yu, C.D. Wright, and Alice Sebold as well as two young elementary school students from our Writing […]

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IF I WERE THE OCEAN, I’D CARRY YOU HOME by Pete Hsu Reviewed on Patch!

Date: December 5, 2022

A refreshing book, I thought – a collection of short stories that this reviewer started from the beginning rather than picking and choosing which story to read next, based on the title. The titles are intriguing and the tone of several stories is not exactly threatening or scary but placed me back in my childhood […]

QUESTIONS FROM OUTER SPACE by Diane Thiel Reviewed in the Florida Review!

Date: November 30, 2022

Diane Thiel’s third collection of poetry, Questions from Outer Space, comes after an interlude during which the poet devoted her energies to a travel memoir (The White Horse) and the translation of contemporary Greek fiction. Her first two collections (Echolocations and Resistance Fantasies) garnered acclaim, including the Nicholas Roerich Award, for their intelligence, wit, wordplay, and attention to […]

Adam Kirsch’s THE DISCARDED LIFE reviewed in Literary Matters!

Date: November 30, 2022

The evolution of blank verse from Milton to Wordsworth, via Cowper, was not solely a change in diction and subject matter. Even as classical and biblical themes were displaced by a sense of personal mythos—and even while plain speech triumphed over grammatical inversions—so, too, was there a recalibration of meter. At least as riveting as […]

David Mason’s PACIFIC LIGHT Reviewed in LA Review of Books!

Date: November 21, 2022

A POET KNOWN for his narratives, like Ludlow, the acclaimed historical-novel-in-verse turned opera, David Mason curates the archipelago of intensely satisfying lyric poems in Pacific Light with the skill of a consummate storyteller. His imaginative sweep is evident in “The Air in Tasmania,” set in his adopted home of Australia, where “the land / takes flying lessons from […]

The Friday Poem recommends Ron Koertge’s I DREAMED I WAS EMILY DICKINSON’S BOYFRIEND

Date: November 21, 2022

Koertge inhabits – and endows – his various subjects with insight and humour, dealing out poems in the voices of car crash dummies, Aphrodite, Mickey Mouse, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Bride of Frankenstein, among others. All this sounds as if the collection is a laugh-a-minute, superficial thing. It’s not. It is funny, yes, […]

David Mas Masumoto and Patricia Wakida’s SECRET HARVESTS Receives a Starred Kirkus Review!

Date: November 17, 2022

A simultaneously elegant and sharp-edged exploration of the hidden past. “I am haunted by gaps in family memories, nebulous responses and twisted behavior that must be examined within the context of history—not to uncover excuses but rather reveal family baggage we all must carry and learn to live with,” writes Masumoto near the beginning of […]

Pamela Uschuk’s REFUGEE Earns a Kirkus Star!

Date: November 17, 2022

A mordantly tender triumph rich with natural imagery. Uschuk’s poetry collection calls out authoritarianism and social injustice. This moving set of poems offer messages of hope as it addresses timely issues. It’s divided into four sections—“Skull Song,” “Axis,” “Liquid Book of the Dead,” and “Speaking of Angels and Ghosts”—and deals with a broad spectrum of […]

PEN America Interviews John Weir, Author of YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME!

Date: November 14, 2022

The title of your book Your Nostalgia is Killing Me, seems to be an ironic one. The protagonist’s nostalgia is seemingly running havoc on his own life. He can’t escape revisiting the past and all the losses he has incurred: losses in love, familial losses, and the loss wrought by the AIDS epidemic.

TENDER GRAVITY by Marybeth Holleman Reviewed in the Colorado Review!

Date: November 9, 2022

Though Marybeth Holleman is the author of several nonfiction books centering around environmental issues and her chosen home of Alaska, tender gravity is her debut collection of poetry. Its title is drawn from its opening poem, “The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity,” wherein the speaker experiences a dream, or perhaps a nightmare, of “diving / to the blue […]

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